well, today i got bored & plugged my hotrod into the cab I'm using for the bassman
knowing that the bassman cab is 4 ohms, i put an empty plug in the extension speaker jack of the 'rod to knock it down to 4 ohms, sounded okay i suppose, pretty much exactly what i expected it to sound like
then, out of curiosity, i took the empty plug out & ran it, now making it like an 8 ohm head running to a 4 ohm cab
and the tone was AMAZING, thick bassy distortion practically shot out of the speakers, I got more articulation, more bass, better mids, and perfectly EQ'd highs. It was truly MY tone, the tone i've been looking for, the tone that fits me perfectly
but, knowing that running an 8 ohm head into a 4 ohm cab is a big no no, well, how exactly would it hurt the amp?
If it just cuts tube life a little I'm gonna definately continue doing this, but if it pretty much cuts it in half or more, or affects something else, well, maybe i'll rethink it
so what exactly am i hurting by doing this?